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My Invisible Septum

ht the piercing bug when I was 14 and first got my ears pierced with that annoying gun. I was scared to death and practically ripped the ears off of the teddy bear they gave me to squeeze. I then felt like a complete idiot when it didnt hurt at all. 11 piercings and 5 years later, I walked into Modern Primitive with the intention of getting my septum pierced. I am no stranger at Modern Primitive. On my 18th birthday (after two years of showing up at the piercing shop every two weeks, hoping they'd forget that 16 year old me had been there two weeks ago and attempted to get pierced. they never did.) I finally went in to get my tongue pierced. After that, I fell prey to the piercing addiction, and every time one of my friends went to get something done, I'd go to hold their hand and walk out sporting a new piece of jewelry from a sore new hole, and a grin from ear to ear. I always loved the way septum piercings looked, but I was scared. Having been smacked in the nose plenty of times, I couldnt imagine shoving a needle through. So in compensation, I pierced just about everything else. My tongue, my eyebrows, my lip, my navel and 6 in my ears. But finally, the day came. It had been a rough week and I thought a little physical pain might take my mind off of what I'd been through. I picked up my best friend Mikey and set off for the Leopard Print building. After locking the keys in the car, we headed over. Mike grinned at me and asked if I was really going to do it. As we walked in the door, I took a deep breath and told him I didnt know if I could go through with it. Having gone through a septum piercing himself, he reassurred me and talked me into it, so I went to pick out some jewelry. The guy at the register responded with an "ow" when I told him what I was getting done, which shook up my nerves again, but I figured that if Mikey could endure it, so could I. After the familiar ritual of filling out forms and listening to the aftercare procedures, I asked if Benji was there. Benji had done all of my piercings and I always felt confident if I knew he was doing the piercing. However, Barry the only piercer there. I was a little nervous because I'd never had anything done by him before, but by then I was determined. I told him to go ahead. I plunked down with Mikey on the big leather couch to thumb through the books I'd seen millions of times before, chatting nervously and eyeing the tattoo designs, trying to take my mind off of what was going to happen. I got called in and sat down on the leopard print chair, feeling the usual flopping in my stomach I get before every piercing, no matter how prepared I am. Barry smiled and explained what he was going to do, as I nodded tried to keep from being scared. The needle looked huge, even though it was only a 12 gauge. To sterilize the area, he had to stick a big cotton swab soaked in iodine up my nose, which made me sneeze. I think Barry knew I was nervous, because he kept joking around with me to keep me from getting too scared. He poked around a little to find a good spot, stuck a hollow tube on the right side of my septum and told me to take a deep breath. I did, and as I clenched my teeth, he stuck the needle through. I was shocked! It barely hurt at all, although my eyes watered a little, and I didnt even feel the retainer go in. I looked over at Mikey. He had a weird look on his face, like he was going to be sick. I glanced at Barry and he too looked a little shaken. "what's wrong?" I asked. They then proceded to tell me that the needle going through my septum had made a sound like someone biting into celery, a sound I'm glad I missed, because I probably would have puked. But, as it was, everything was fine, and Barry told me that I could turn the retainer up that day (to hide it from my less-than-piercing-friendly parents); I thanked him and checked out the mirror, happily admiring my new hole. I love my septum piercing, and I'd go back to Barry anytime. He was friendly, answered all my questions, and did an awesome job. I can't wait to get a new piece of jewelry to put in, and am trying to decide on my next piercing. To anyone considering getting something done, I strongly encourage you to go for it. Piercing makes me feel strong, and looks great. It's an incredible experience. Support your local body piercer!!!!

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 28 Jan. 2000
in Nose Piercing

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Artist: Barry
Studio: Modern+Primitive
Location: Fort+Wayne%2C+IN

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